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How can club justify sanctioning £552 for 3 Newcastle v Sunderland tickets?

7 years ago

How can the club justify sanctioning £552 for 3 Newcastle v Sunderland tickets?

You may think this must be pure invention but Newcastle United, along with many other clubs, have entered into agreements where they happily watch their own fans charge fellow supporters extortionate amounts of money to buy their tickets.

The Grey Areas Are The Ones You Can’t Access To Find Out Which Seats Are Unsold

United’s ‘partner’ in this legal form of ticket touting is Viagogo and obviously the Newcastle v Sunderland tickets are gold dust, leading some Newcastle supporters to happily take the eyes out of other supporters as they sell their tickets on.

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That is bad enough but the fact that Newcastle United back this AND profit from it, is surely totally unacceptable.

A quick look on the Viagogo site and here is an example;

Somebody is selling three tickets, two adult and one junior, Milburn Stand LL2E Row A with a limited or restricted view!

The total cost if you want to buy the three tickets is £552!

The three tickets are £160 each and then there is a £72 booking fee on top.

Surely Newcastle need to follow the lead of clubs such as Liverpool who have set up their own ticket reselling initiative with minimal charges compared to this type of rip-off.

The other thing of course is that Newcastle fans could very likely be selling their season ticket for the derby match to a Sunderland fan and the club are happily letting that take place as there is no way of checking, no need to be a member etc in these cases, yet to buy any ticket for a Newcastle away match you have to pay to be a member as well, to allegedly help prevent crowd trouble.

Talk about making it up as you go along.


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